About Rachelle

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Hi, I’m Rachelle, and welcome to Tinkerlab!

I’m an art and museum educator, creative blogger, & DIY crafter. I live south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley with my husband, Scott & our two hilarious preschool kiddos.

Tinkerlab.com is your home for all things creative: ideas, tips, resources, kids’ projects, and interviews.

If you start to poke around my blog, you’ll notice that a theme of open-ended discovery and experimentation runs through a lot of my posts.

Here’s why I think experiments and a fail-forward mindset are important in childhood (and grownup-hood, for that matter).

1. Experiments teach children that there are multiple ways to approach a problem.

2. When children solve self-designed problems, they think for themselves and  build confidence.

3. Experiments remind me, as a parent, that I’m a co-learner and that I don’t hold all the answers.

4. The spirit of experimentation, exploration, and boundary-pushing is at the root of innovative thinking.

4. Experiments are fun and playful.

If you believe that there’s more than one way to do things, you’re attracted to the DIY culture, and you want to raise children who are confident thinkers, then we probably have something to talk about! I love the community that’s developed around this blog since it began in 2010, and hope you’ll feel welcome to join in at any time. Thanks for visiting!

Do you want more?

I have an active Facebook page with fun inspiration every week, and you can also find me on Google+. Or drop me a line directly at rachelle @ tinkerlab.com

Five Things About Me

  1. I love the beach, but can’t stand cold water. This is a problem in Northern California where the beach is mostly foggy and the water is shockingly cold. My blood isn’t made for it, but my kids and husband flock to our ocean like seals.
  2. I planted the first geocache in Indonesia. Do you geocache? It’s super fun
  3. I’m originally from Los Angeles and adore that city. It’s a great place to be an artist.
  4. I lived in NYC for a summer. In a closet. It was a life-changing summer and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
  5. I studied costume design in college and worked on big Hollywood movies.

More Formal Bio

You know, in case you’re writing an article about me or something…

Rachelle Doorley is an experienced arts educator and community builder with a background in non-profit administration. She oversaw school programs at the San Jose Museum of Art, lectures on Visual Thinking Strategies at Stanford University, and worked on films with Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures. She designed a hands-on art curriculum for the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum and is an advisor to Kiwi Crate. Rachelle holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and a Masters in Arts Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.She’s the founder of Bay Area Bloggers, a founding member of 20 Moms, host of the Instagram parties #creativetable and #tinkersketch, and mom to two creative kids.

Tinkerlab has been featured in Real Simple Magazine (print), PBS Parents, Apartment Therapy, The Crafty Crow, Craft Gossip, Tip Junkie, Baby Center, Make and Takes, Parent Hacks, and Parent Map Magazine. Tinkerlab was named Best Local Blog by Red Tricycle San Fancisco and Rachelle was named a Top 25 Creative Mom at Circle of Moms. Rachelle has been interviewed on The Artful Parent and Visual Thinking Strategies.

To find more interesting and creative activities and experiments for kids, check out the Tinkerlab Facebook page and Pinterest boards.